7 Steps On Surviving Your Return To Work After Maternity Leave

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While many women love working and having a professional career, most mothers would say ending their maternity leave and returning to work is one of the hardest things they’ve ever done. Having what felt like an infinite amount of time with their baby is slowly coming to a close, and they have to get back to the “realities” of life. It can be overwhelming finding daycare and thinking about all the time they will be spending away from their children. Sometimes just thinking about going back to work is worse than actually doing it! If you find yourself preparing to return to work, then check out our list to help ease your mind. It will all be ok!



1. Do A Dress Rehearsal

If this is your first baby, you morning routine of getting ready for work will be very different from the pre-baby days. You not only have to get yourself ready, but get your child dressed, fed and off to daycare- all before even stepping foot in your office. Do yourself a HUGE favor and set up a “Dress rehearsal” day, where you will completely go through the motions of heading off to work. Don’t skip any steps, because sooner than later, you will be doing the real thing. Shower, get dressed, do your makeup and even take the extra step of dropping your child off at daycare. Use a few hours to have some time for yourself, mentally preparing and practicing for your new life change of spending hours away from your little one at work.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the managing editor at Red Tri. I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
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